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many of them told me that they connected art with a viable career. and each student brought three or four of their parents to the exhibit this was at the end of the term, the six-week period. when i look at the faces of their parents, and how proud that they were, i felt very satisfied with what we had accomplished. and that is my story to you about the affects of this program, and the generosity. thank you. >> i am living at the heart of
the campus for about 70 years -- 17 years, and so many people who came out for the never see said that they are natives. my sister acute -- my sister attended the academy. and i think that this is a great institution, but this makes it not an educational institution. with golden gate and so forth. i attended their with graduate school. the issue of doing things in violation of the planning code -- you are dealing with the institutional master plan and this is very important. you are also dealing with the planning issue. this is on one hand with the other. i went to san francisco state, and they had the dormitory that nobody was wanting to live in.
but things changed. it was no longer the ability to go out to the apartment, and everybody has little room and everything like that. san francisco state purchased a rental development. maybe, we cannot allow this. i am not coming before you to do this. those students should be here, i believe. there will be getting housing one way or the other. whether the university should be purchasing housing for them or not. this is something that needs to be dealt with. ad hoc how are violations of the planning code, when you have recommendations of the planning department. ad hoc which cannot allow a good
institution to just violate the planning code. we have done this for years and years, and now we say, we are doing this. we're going to say that this is ok. we're going to live with horrible consequences happening -- they violated the planning code. they violated the terms of their condition. who thereby letting the term misheard for someone household we cannot make this when you have before you today has to go with what the planning department has recommended. and a later time we will be dealing with the issues of the master plan, and whether or not you can use what is before you. but what is before you is very clear.
>> and is there additional public comment? >> sue hester. i was at the eir. i think the commission has the opportunity to give some feedback, that you should be telling us, the academy of art, where this is going. bohol -- >> they are doing this wherever they want to purchase a building. and they have had very serious impact in the areas of knob hill. this happened at the scoping meeting as people were talking about the dramatic changes in their buildings. and the problems that were
caused by the concentration of students preparing ad hoc yahoo! basically, of the students and these activities, of students home reexport -- of students. basically, of the students and these activities. they have to provide housing for a significant portion of these students that they have built. and they cannot take over all of these apartments. we will have nothing left for the people who are now in the academy of art. -- not in the academy of art. the second thing that they need to be told about is you have to concentrate on academics, in areas that make sense, such as
transit so there is not some shuttle bus going everywhere. you have to make things work as a campus. the idea as the city being the campus, this is what we have heard repeatedly. usf as a place and we know where this is. san francisco state has an area. and they have to the below campuses. -- two hong -- two campuses. we know where these are at. this is the only institution that has the ability of the planning department to have the filing of the institutional master plan. and just doing things and after
the fact when you catch them, you say that this is the mission in the city. put this on the calendar, with some of the revocations. if you have applications --2295, this is disapproved as withdrawal. >> is there extra public comment? >> my name is david and i am here for the academy of art university. i want to begin, i do want to begin to apologize for dr. stephens, who was not here. and as it was reported to you, has been actively meeting with the department and the staff.
having communication several times a month with the director. i want to compliment ms. ha on her report. it was exceptional. the things i want to emphasize today, there was a lot of progress. particularly in the -- draft impact report. a lot of the bay studies are done, 79 intersections were reviewed with the level of service. 79 intersections. the result of that analysis, is the improvement into the
shuttle service. we have shaved off several months that we believe, from the original time, things have improved. i want to point out the work that has been done, as it was reported. millions of dollars has been spent. a considerable amount of progress has been made. and with the comment ms. hester has made. there is feedback over where to locate. part of this is in the study areas. we incorporate these in the draft eir. the master plan is going to be
addressing those. the one comment i disagree with is there was a statement that there was going to be a need to have more student housing. we are still doing the master plan. we were supportive of the legislation that didn't allow students to go forward without the inclusionary housing. >> may i have a minute more? >> sorry, david. public comment is closed. i would like to state to ms. roberts, and randall, we
appreciate what any institution does for citizens and visitors in this city. we do not underestimate that. that is not what we sit here for. we sit here for different situations. your comments are interesting, but they are not pertiment to the situation where the planning code is violated. we do not evaluate the -- how good is the institution, how good this is in the educational operations or in their benefits to the community. what we do concerns the planning
code. this is the sole reason this is in front of us. we appreciate your comments, but they are not pertiment to what is before this body. he is correct. i know there are ongoing discussions. hopefully to consider certain areas of the city and a consolidation of where the academy operates. i think all of us appreciate that. following on ms. hester's comments. as far as the work, ms. ha has done, it is extraordinary. in keeping the tenacious leash on this. i know he only came on a year
ago, following at least four other land use attorneys. maybe he can move this along. that is a statement i made before. i appreciate the permits have been filed. i think the fact we must realize 100 permis filts filed just emphasize the disregard the academy has had to the planning code of the city. it totally emphasizes it. that is what needs to be kept in mind. >> commissioner moore? commissioner moore: this is like a career. i do think that the staff has
done a great job to really hit on all the issues. and explaining what is happening. magnifying the extent of what the issues are. if anybody else would drag this out, we would not be living here anymore. i am strongly in support of the department. that we would support carefully drafting supportive legislation to prohibit the conversion of the existing residential units, outlined in detail, planning comdde ammendments to address housing. to define what student housing
really means. the more accuracy we can bring to the legislative tools, the easier it is to track performance. what i find quite helpful, it is the fact there was a second appeal to the 460 townsend street. the designation you made. if somebody doesn't get it and has to appeal twice, bad habits die slowly. it will only be in the performance, it is going to be the length. and the repeated nature of what is not working, with the lack of tolerance. just enough is enough. the one or two intersections in
the eir doesn't mean anything. they continue to go around downtown empty, in the way of every possible pedestrian when people want to go home. they block intersections in front of academy-owned property, hindering everybody else. that students ride public transportation for the rest of us. i can work myself up to more frustration. performance matters. a changed attitude to all the rules that exist. and we catch any vagueness in the code and in the regulations.
we will keep from bad habits. >> i agree with the commissioners we are looking into non-compliance. 70% of the safety violations -- we are making improvements on the signs and can move forward. we have to remember the time in the past where the city was not doing a good enough job of calling for what were violations and enforcing this at an earlier stage. if nobody says anything you do this. it's not all a one-way street. on the issue of the other things, but these are not necessarily things that mayby be
tangental, i was happy to learn that the institute was also working with the lgbt community. i went to savannah awhile back. the college has done so much, with the single-screen theaters. the use them for teaching purposes and continue their operations. the same could be true of a place like this. they need to have renovation, and the two things were greatly together. by working cooperatively with the academy of our university, people can realize a lot of good things. the third issue is the threat to
residential housing. i was not surprised but i knew that the number of students in residential housing is relatively small. as of the registration, only about 1600, or 9.5%. this is not all housed in previously residential areas. there were other uses that were converted. the actual numbers were probably a lot smaller. and i think that if they provide housing, they will probably be better off. having been a student in the late 60's, we were going out to collectively compete with other people for the rented properties. they can sometimes find properties that are not residential and make them into residential usage.
and this will help the situation rather than making it worse. we are considering legislation for the housing of the students, and this is all different issue. i am not certain i support all the legislation that is proposed, with regard to the recreational usage. not in the context of what we're doing, building new student housing, with how everything comes together. and we were asking to be under the conditional usage. i think that there are a lot of good things that can be done and i appreciate this report. by working collectively with the academy of art, to correct the violations constructively, with housing issues and the other issues.
commissioner fung: i will speak, and do not share the same frustrations that have been submitted, but i think the academy is a great asset to san francisco and brings in stimulation to the city, and his perspective as fantastic. to the housing component, i do not believe that this is mandatory that this should be used as the academy housing. a small percentage, a smaller percentage of these things are used in housing. i would like an example of where the art meets the business, from the institutional perspective, and i would like those who
attended the academy to pick up on this. and a master plan is in a good idea. -- is a good idea. and if a response to the partners in san francisco. -- and i feel responsible to the partners in san francisco. >> i would like to commend the entire staff, for keeping on this problem, and i know that this has taken a very long time, and as commissioner moore has said, we have been dealing with this ever since the last term. i am reminded of certain incidencts that have happened over the years, the flower
martin issue, the said to be brought up to the board of supervisors, and i am also reminded of the purchase of sutter st., where the lansbury theater was that, -- was at. i am waiting to see, after all the public testimony, the meeting where 90% of the people who were there did not talk about the scoping. there were talking about the greatness of the academy, and president miguel said that this was not hitting the mark. i am still waiting for some kind of demonstration by the academy, that they are trying to
cooperate despite what the staff has just said. they went ahead, and maybe they have not purchased any more property, ever since we ended this process. they were caught doing this again. maybe they have learned their lesson and maybe they have not. but the idea that we can cooperate with them, hopefully in the future, they will have demonstrated a little bit more in a pro-active way. this is like you have to hold a gun to their head. and once this happened, they take credit for this. that is not the way that i see cooperation going. and hopefully this kind of attitude will change in the future. commissioner olague: i have seen
a lot of progress, ever since you have taken an active role, and this has been at a different pace that we saw from the department. at the diligence of this issue. this has shifted. i want to thank you for taking the active role. this is like night and day. supporting the staff and making certain that there is a shift in the department, and how we are looking at this issue. people who have not been around, they are frustrated, to
say thleast. and the hardest thing was the theater that was evicted, this was very sad. this was a sad thing to witness. i was going to say that i hope, what happens sometimes with these issues is that we see the laws that we have in place, we see these areas strengthened. and i noticed -- the rent control, there is no obligation. this is just across the board. >> this is across the board. >> this sounds kind of crazy.
>> i had a conversation -- and she said to me that the rent control ordinance -- they are not trying to expose the existence of the rent control ordinance. if someone is infected, they can seek assistance from the rent board. and that is the only requirement. >> -- >> i did not have any knowledge of this. you would have to contact a housing director. to my knowledge i do not know if there had been any evictions. >> at least they're not being evicted, but if they decide that they do not want to move, is
this information provided to them. they have a certain tendency -- they of certain rights as tenants? -- they have certain rights of tenants. >> an academy representative may address this. >> i am just curious about the rent-control and how this relates to their tendency -- tendency -- -- tenancy. >> they are assigned according to their designation. this is some for the continuing students and some for people over 41 years old and other graduate students. and they are moved in accordance to their year, and they try to
accommodate the preference of their students. however, if they are moved around, they may be in violation of the rent control ordinance. this may be at a particular address unless they do not pay the rent, or unless there are other issues. >> and this relates to the red- controlled units. there are some issues about this. >> we can return to you and ask the house and director of the academy of art to be present. >> that would be useful. >> at some time it would be useful, to sit down with mr. paul or ms. hester, to recommend additional legislation, to deal with these issues and some of their violations. do you have anything tad.